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World Vision partnership will improve clean water access in 10 African nations

October 15, 2016

A six-year grant by World Vision to The Water Institute will create a partnership to improve water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in several low- and middle-income countries, with a long-term goal of helping to solve the global water and sanitation crisis by 2030.

Updated Peer-Reviewed Literature on CLTS Available Now

January 22, 2016

Written as part of a situational assessment process in support of the ‘Testing CLTS Approaches for Scalability’ grant, this 2012 report details findings from a review of literature focused on Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and the role of local actors. Contained within the report are a series of conclusions about CLTS, in addition to identifying knowledge gaps common to both sets of literature, drawn out by comparing the various stages of CLTS implementation in a more systematic and rigorous manner than the existing body of evidence.

Water Institute Newsletter #58

November 30, 2015

Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights the new chair of the SWA Partnership, World Toilet Day, our new director of knowledge management and communications, and a new WaSH handbook edited by Water Institute researchers. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.

New CLTS Video Available Now

November 17, 2015

new video from Plan International and the Water Institute at UNC offers a preview of five exciting lessons on sanitation policy and practice, based on findings from operational research on community-led total sanitation (CLTS). These lessons relate to CLTS planning at the national and local levels, its place in national sanitation systems, and the importance of involving local actors. In particular, government officials, teachers, and natural leaders can play important roles in improving access to basic sanitation, and their involvement can ensure sustainable outcomes over time.

Routledge Handbook of Water and Health

October 9, 2015

A new handbook on global water and health edited by Water Institute Director Jamie Bartram and public health graduate student Rachel Baum on is now available. Written by a team of expert authors from around the world for interdisciplinary teaching for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, “Routledge Handbook of Water and Health” covers both developing and developed country concerns. Sections include hazards, exposure, interventions, intervention implementation, distal influences, policies and implementation, investigative tools, and historic cases.

Water Institute Newsletter #57

September 15, 2015

Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights an innovative waste management scheme in Senegal, keynotes and sponsors for our upcoming Water and Health conference, and the outcomes of our CLTS presentation at World Water Week. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.

Best of UNICEF 2015

September 10, 2015

A study led by The Water Institute at UNC was just named one of the Best of UNICEF Research studies for 2015, based on research that excels at generating knowledge to inform action, shaping policy agendas, and shifting discourse to improve the lives of children everywhere. Only twelve studies were selected by UNICEF for this recognition. “Fecal contamination of drinking-water in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis” was selected as a top example of quality research and evidence gathering on children.

Water Institute Newsletter #56

July 30, 2015

Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights the UN’s Millennium Development Goals report, a late-breaking call for abstracts for our upcoming Water and Health Conference, new publications and new faces at the Water Institute. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.

Water Institute Newsletter #55

July 1, 2015

Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights the EPA’s recent study of fracking’s effects on drinking water, registration and scholarship recipients for our upcoming Water and Health Conference, new publications and new faces at the Water Institute. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.

Water and Health Conference 2015

May 29, 2015

The Water Institute at UNC hosted the Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy on October 26-30, 2015 in Chapel Hill, NC, USA.  The Conference considered drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. For details, please visit the Water and Health Conference website.

Water Institute Newsletter #54

May 28, 2015

Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights the call to recognize the human right to water and sanitation, decreases in U.S. public spending on water infrastructure, our upcoming Water and Health Conference, new publications and new faces at the Water Institute. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.

Launch of WASH Performance Index

May 14, 2015

On May 8, we recorded a special webcast to launch our WASH Performance Index, a ranking of how well countries are progressing towards universal access to safe water and sanitation. Special guest speakers included Catarina de Albuquerque, vice chair of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA). To view the recorded webcast online, please visit http://bit.ly/1D5TAPG.

Water Microbiology Conference 2015

May 14, 2015

The Water Institute at UNC, in partnership with the Water Environment Federation, hosted the Water Microbiology Conference on May 18-22, 2015 in Chapel Hill, NC, USA. The Conference was a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on microbiology and public health. You can access the conference agenda, abstract document, and the participant list at the conference website.

Water Institute Newsletter #53

May 8, 2015

Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights the California drought, the threat of insecticides to aquatic ecosystems, our upcoming Water Microbiology and Water and Health Conferences, new publications and the launch of our WASH Performance Index. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.

Aveda Institute Chapel Hill Partnership

May 1, 2015

From March through May, the Aveda Institute of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA is partnering with The Water Institute at UNC to raise awareness of the plight of millions of people worldwide who fight daily for the basic human right to safe water. The Aveda Institute Chapel Hill is inspiring its network to learn more about the global water challenge and to give to the Water Institute at UNC.

Call to Action on WaSH in Health Facilities

March 19, 2015

Tens of thousands of health facilities worldwide are in need of water, sanitation, and hygiene services to improve maternal and child health, infection control, and health systems. A new editorial in the Bulletin of the WHO led by The Water Institute at UNC calls for health sector leadership in setting standards, tracking service delivery, investing in human resources, and coordinating WaSH, health and development.

Our Director’s Message

March 11, 2015

On World Plumbing Day, March 11, 2015, our director Dr. Jamie Bartram (pictured at right) gave the annual lecture for England’s Worshipful Company of Plumbers. In his lecture entitled “Plumbing for Health,” Dr. Bartram discussed how plumbing has brought health and convenience to many, while many others have yet to receive its benefits. Decent water and sanitation are pivotal in furthering human development.

Global Diarrhea Report

March 1, 2015

The World Health Organization released a report on the global burden of diarrhea showing the number of deaths of children under five years old decreased from 1.5 million in 1990 to 622,000 in 2012. Achieving universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene is an essential first step to further progress. The findings are based, in part, on research undertaken by the WHO, The Water Institute at UNC, and 13 other institutions.

Water and Health 2014

December 15, 2014

Our 2014 Water and Health Conference was a great success! 530 participants from 31 countries came together October 13-17 to consider drinking water supply, sanitation, and hygiene, and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds. Archives and products from this year’s conference, including videos, are available at http://whconference.unc.edu.

Human Rights Day

December 10, 2014

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950 to bring attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. Researchers at The Water Institute at UNC have published on this topic in many journals. See our work on the human right to water and sanitation here.

Meet a Researcher

October 20, 2014

One of our affiliated students Edema Ojomo was recently interviewed about her water research on three continents and her motivations for working in this field. Raised in Nigeria, Edema is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in environmental sciences and engineering at UNC. In this interview, which was featured on the UNC homepage, she shares some of her insights.

Future Technology Contest Winner Announced

October 17, 2014

The Future Technologies for Water Competition, sponsored by the Takata Corporation, sought to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water with wide-scale applicability. We received over 70 entries from 27 countries. This year’s winner, Team Espresso (pictured left), received $15,000 at The Water Institute’s annual Water and Health Conference. The runner-up, Team Planktos, was awarded $5,000.

Project News Featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education

October 1, 2014

The Water Institute is collaborating with the International WaterCentre, Monash University, University of the South Pacific and Live and Learn on a new project funded by the Australian Government to inform the development of sustainable, demand-driven water and sanitation services. The project was recently featured in an article entitled “Clean Business” in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Water Institute Launches Water Safety Course

June 1, 2014

The Water Institute is offering a distance learning course on Water Safety Planning, the process of identifying and addressing threats to the acceptability and safety of water supplies. The course is designed for those with management, engineering or operational responsibilities in the water supply industry. For more information, email waterinstituteteaching@unc.edu.

Senior Government Officials Discuss Decision-Making

March 1, 2013

The Water Institute and the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina (UNC) hosted senior government officials from six African countries to discuss government decision-making related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). The meeting was financially supported by UNC, the Directorate-General for International Cooperation of the Netherlands, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. You can read a summary in both English and French.

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